Yo Yo Marr Sans

12.07.14

Typography

I know it’s not my usual local Queensland schtick but it’s Australia’s Dave Foster finally getting his teeth into some commercial type—with Paul Barnes of Commercial Type, funnily enough—so worth a neighbourly shout-out from across the fence.

Commercial Type released the font yesterday, with the following (along with the images) from their website:


Marr Sans is a 2014 revival of a characterful grotesque [by James Marr & Co. of Edinburgh] that appeared in only one weight during the 1870s. Paul Barnes and Dave Foster have expanded this original into a seven weight family. One of the innovations of the nineteenth century captured in Marr, are the first sans serif oldstyle figures in a typeface, at the time a considerable novelty.

It’s a broad, quirky family, with the individual character you’d expect from an early grotesque, and dare I say some noticeable Foster flare. Nice work Dave.

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